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COVID booster doses rolling out slowly in New Westminster

Just 25% of New Westminster adults (aged 18+) have received their third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, as of Jan. 11
Young woman receiving COVID vaccine
Third-dose vaccination rates are climbing slowly in New Westminster, but first- and second-dose rates are high – especially among young adults.

New Westminster's COVID booster-shot numbers are climbing slowly, but the city is still lagging behind the provincial pace.

As of Jan. 11, the province announced that 28.6% of eligible adults across B.C. had received their third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. For New Westminster, the number of vaccinated adults (18+) stands at 25%, according to the latest data from the B.C. Centre for Disease Control. 

Third-dose vaccination rates are moving up slowly across all age groups for New West residents.

As of Jan. 11, 74% of residents aged 70+ had received their third dose, up from 71% on Jan. 4. For the 50+ group, the rate rose from 35% to 43% in the same time period.

The youngest adult age group, 18 to 49, has the lowest rate of third-dose vaccination, climbing from just 7% on Jan. 4 to 11% as of Jan. 11.

When it comes to first and second doses, though, New Westminster has high vaccination rates across the board.

The city has a 95% first-dose vaccination rate and a 93% second-dose rate among all eligible residents aged 12 and up.

The most vaccinated age group? The 18-to-49 set, with a whopping 97% vaccination rate for first doses and a 94% rate for second doses. 

Still need your COVID-19 booster dose?

A limited number of British Columbians – including seniors, health-care workers, Indigenous adults, people designated as clinically extremely vulnerable and those who received two doses of AstraZeneca vaccine – were prioritized for booster shots in 2021.

The province has now expanded its booster-dose rollout to include all adults in B.C., who should be receiving invitations to book their third doses six months (182 days) after their second shot.

In order to be invited to book a third dose, B.C. residents must first be registered in the Get Vaccinated system. If you're registered and haven't yet received an invite, check out all the information at the government's booster shot info page or call 1-833-838-2323.

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